After news broke last week that the RPM crew’s storied #43 could be underneath new majority possession subsequent 12 months, the rebranded organisation formally revealed its new title throughout a information convention on Tuesday, through which it was revealed that the crew will run two Chevrolets for Erik Jones and Ty Dillon.
Jones, who lately signed a contract extension with RPM, will proceed to drive the #43 initially made well-known by seven-time champion Richard Petty.
Dillon was initially going to drive the #94 for GMS, however will change to the #42 in deference to Petty Motorsports founder Lee Petty – who used that quantity from 1949 to 1961.
The #42 was most lately utilized by Chip Ganassi Racing, which has offered its NASCAR franchises to Justin Marks’ Trackhouse Racing outfit.
GMS Racing proprietor Maury Gallagher mentioned he was “very enthusiastic about this chance” to work alongside “arguably the best driver in NASCAR historical past” in Richard Petty, who will function chairman of the revamped organisation and stay a face of the crew on the racetrack.
“Petty GMS could have a sole focus of successful,” mentioned Gallagher, whose outfit gained Truck Collection titles in 2016 and 2020 with Johnny Sauter and Sheldon Creed however has by no means beforehand competed within the Cup Collection.
“Each groups have a observe document of successful and we’ve got a robust need to proceed this legacy in a brand new chapter.
“Ty and Erik have confirmed themselves by means of the years and we’re wanting ahead to the success they may have as team-mates.”
Erik Jones, Richard Petty Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Medallion Financial institution
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Petty GMS Motorsports will function out of GMS Racing’s present facility in Statesville, North Carolina.
Petty, who stays essentially the most profitable driver of all time within the Cup sequence with 200 wins and 123 poles, mentioned the deal would enhance the crew’s aggressive prospects and praised the “expertise we’ve got between the 2 organisations”.
The final win for the #43 crew got here with Aric Almirola at Daytona in 2014.
“Maury (Gallagher) and Mike (Beam, crew president) have constructed a extremely strong organisation at GMS,” mentioned Petty.
“They’ve gained lots of races and a few championships within the Truck Collection, and I actually stay up for doing the identical within the Cup Collection.
“Maury’s dedication to competing and successful is clear in all the things he does, that’s one thing we actually wanted.
“The chance to mix our two organisations on the Cup entrance makes lots of sense for all of us for quite a lot of causes, certainly one of which is the expertise we’ve got between the 2 organisations. This can make us lots stronger collectively.”
Petty added that he regarded ahead to seeing the #42 and #43 compete collectively on the observe once more.
“I grew up watching my dad [Lee] race that automobile, I labored on vehicles with that quantity means earlier than I began racing,” he mentioned.
“Dad had lots of success successful races and championships with that quantity. Kyle [Richard’s son] drove vehicles and gained races with the #42 as properly. It’s actually particular to me that Petty GMS shall be racing that automobile quantity.”